Tips For Choosing The Best Network Security Program
As an IT professional in charge of security for a small to large company, organization or business entity having the right tools and programs at your fingertips is going to be critical.
No matter how effective and efficient you are, having the best of the network security program options on the market today is going to help you to do your job more effectively. These programs or tools have to be able to not only spot problems and breaches, but they should be able to identify vulnerabilities and potential areas of risk that are increasing the chance of an attack now and in the future.
There are several factors or elements to consider when choosing a top security program or tool. Remember, what is right for one business in one industry may not be the right option for every business and across all industries.For example, in the medical and healthcare fields technology and network security has to include HIPPA regulations. Client certificates, also known as Personal Authentication Certificate or email certificates are important both for encryption and decryption of data sent by email as well as for full compliance with regulations.
For websites, the use of SSL certificate products is essential. Through SSL all data coming from the site, including customer personal and financial information will be protected from man-in-the-middle or other types of attacks. While these are universally used, there are also specialized certificates such as the UC certificate that is used for Microsoft Exchange and Office Communications servers.
Before the use of mobile devices any network security program really just had to focus on the devices used within the office or company physical boundaries. This made security much easier as all PCs and other internet connected devices were the same and selected and maintained by the company or business.
In today's corporate world privately owned mobile devices, devices with different operating systems and even devices with different inherent vulnerabilities are all used on the same network.
A top network security program needs to be able to be flexible and variable enough to cover all of these devices and issues. While a proxy server is a good start, there are other options to consider as well. These can include Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)and other proxy types of systems to help increase security.
One of the biggest requirements of any network security program is to protect data held on the company's servers, database and devices. Again, this becomes more complicated as data can be stored on the cloud or any number of types of devices from tablets to wearable devices and smartphones.
Having the ability to update and detect the latest in attack methods used by hackers will be a critical factor. As fast as virus databases are updated something new comes along. Simple issues such as not having the ability to immediately update connected devices to the system with the latest in patches and security system updates will be a critical determining factor.
Other factors such as using two factor authentication will also be important as part of the network security program. This can be offered through our EPKI (Enterprise Public Key Infrastructure) Manager and other tools to ensure that two factors have to be present for authentication for users trying to encrypt and digitally sign emails. This will include the certificate on the email client or device as well as the unique password and login ID.
While this is not the sole security program, it is a critical component of preventing fraudulent access to the email accounts for the company. With digital signing and encryption man-in-the-middle attacks and phishing attacks can be eliminated, reducing the security risk to the entire system.
In general, most IT administrators or CIOs (Chief Information Officers) are not just going to use one network security tool. Instead, they will use programs that work synergistically across the system to not only prevent the risk of attack but to also address potential vulnerabilities that may be lurking in the system and posing a greater risk to the company because they are undetected.
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